Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mt. Hope Cemetery

Mt. Hope Cemetery is located in Rochester, NY and is one of the biggest cemeteries in the area. Many famous people are buried here, they include Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. You can see some Obama campaign material on Frederick Douglass's grave after his big presidential win.

I took a different approach from the usual. I brought a flash with me and a couple of pocketwizards. I don't get to use this stuff enough because I usually shoot sports and do not like the effect of flash with sports. This was my chance to experience some remote flash techniques. Here is a shot with the flash to my left about 15 feet away pointed towards the three tombstones. The photo has some post-processing (pp) in photoshop. I darkened up the photo and also desaturated the colors dramatically. I felt this gave it more of a cemetery gloomy look.

The rest of the photos I also desaturated, but I darkened quite a bit with the brightness and multiply tools. I also used some dodge and burn to enhance some of the tombstones.

The tombstone below is the first burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

I liked the dark clouds mixed with a slight blue sky behind this statue.

Another great sky mixed with a broken cross tombstone. Many of the tombstones are broken in Mt. Hope.

Some more from Mt. Hope are here Tombstones

1 comment:

Winnie said...

Wow ... Great Photos Chris! I love the affects and techniques.